NFL Sundays are back.
If we told you the Rams would beat the defending NFC champion Seahawks, you would probably think we’re talking about Madden 16 NOT on a Sunday. Even when asked after the game, Head Coach Jeff Fisher said “I don’t know what to say but that was great.” The Rams took full advantage of Kam Chancellor not being on the field as Nick Foles hit a wide open Lance Kendricks with only 53 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter to tie it up. For some reason the Seahawks tried an onside attempt to start OT which backfired as the Rams kicked their way to a 34-31 win after stuffing Marshawn Lynch on a 4th and 1.
Tennessee Titans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In the months leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, it was a constant argument of who would go first – Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston? Jameis won that battle but lost the war Sunday. The Matchup was about as lopsided as it could possibly be from the very first snap. Mariota threw a TD on his first drive, while Winston’s first career pass turned into an interception returned for a TD. That pretty much set the tone for the remainder of the afternoon as Mariota led the Titans to a 42-14 win, completing 13 out of 16 passes with 4 touchdowns to go with it. Winston did throw 2 touchdowns but the early mistakes put the Bucs in an insurmountable hole being down 21-0 in the first quarter.
Rivalry Alive and Well: Two of the most storied NFL rivalries jumped off Week 1 properly.
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
Aaron Rodgers looked as if he was in MVP form already picking apart the Bears defense at will, hooking up with James Jones for 2 touchdowns (out of 3 total) and completing 18 out of 23 passes. The Bears offense was anchored in large part by Matt Forte who rushed for 141 yards as Chicago fought to the end. Neither clearly able to pull ahead until a late goal line stand by the Green Bay gave them another W in the longest ongoing NFL rivalry 31-23.
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
Once the Sunday Night Football theme music starts, you know it’s showtime as the Giants and Cowboys added another chapter to their long time rivalry. This primetime matchup could be summed up in one word: Turnovers. That was almost the deciding factor as the Cowboys gave away 3 costly ones. Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning seemed to be a bit out of touch only connecting for 44 yards. After a clutch 4th quarter goal line stand, Tony Romo took the field down 6 with less than a minute remaining, zero timeouts and without Dez Bryant on the field to win the game 27-26. Amazing way to end a full day of NFL action.
Team to Watch:
The Buffalo Bills were by far the most improved team this offseason and they wasted no time putting it together nicely as they beat the Indianapolis Colts 27-14. Leadership starts at the top, with new faces at Head Coach in Rex Ryan and Quarterback in Tyrod Taylor it seems like the culture is changing. Keep an eye on this squad.